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USA Spec vs European Spec for 750/101 Giulietta

Carl the Giulietta's were built in 2 (ok, call it 3) specifications, what we generally refer to as US Spec & European or Home Spec + an Export Spec

Basically Hoffman had the clout of buying power and ordered a few changes, so loosely speaking the US Spec is as follows:

1.) No fender indicator repeaters on both Sprints & Spiders
2.) 750 SWB Spider has no quarter light / wind wing windows
3.) Lucas 'Football' oval tail lights with a chrome surround - Early 750 cars
4.) Red/Red/White tail light lenses for Carello/Altissimo on later Interim & pure 101 cars
5.) Imperial MPH Gauges
6.) During '59 the Factory even did a short run of 10104 & 10105 designated Spiders & Sprints - this was the US designation
7.) Sealed Beam headlights - General Electric seems to be the main brand

In contrast the European spec is as follows

1.) Fender mounted indicators /repeaters
2.) 750 SWB Spiders could have been fitted with quarter light / wind wings mainly in '57
3.) Amber/red/white or amber red amber Carello / Altissimo triangular tail lights
4.) Amber/red/white Carello / Altissimo tail lights on later Interim & 101 cars
5.) Metric KPH gauges
6.) Carello headlights with replaceable bulbs

To confuse things even further there's an Export spec but outside the US to countries like South Africa or Oz or Singapore etc

1.) Fender mounted indicators /repeaters
2.) 750 SWB Spiders could have been fitted with quarter light / wind wings mainly in '57
3.) Amber/red/white or amber red amber Carello / Altissimo triangular tail lights
4.) Amber/red/white Carello / Altissimo tail lights on later Interim & 101 cars
5.) Imperial MPH gauges
6.) Carello headlights with replaceable bulbs

Granted there are rats & mice US Spec Giulietta's around the world that escaped this US net just as there are European spec cars in the USA... while the theory of dedicated spec for specific countries was a nice concept in the '50's, in reality Alfa shipped what was in the finished car lot regardless of what the spec was.

SWB Spiders with quarter light windows also slipped across the border from Canada which got the European spec... go figure !! The bulk of Giulietta Spiders went to the USA & the 750 SWB without quarter light windows is the predominant view we have of the car, plus the BB is US based so the view is skewed Stateside. It really only sunk in when we got SWB Spider 02806 with quarter light windows about 8 years ago.

A friend locally has a '62 Giulietta Spider Normale 1300, built on an early Giulia Spider Normale shell without fender indicators... hence US Spec & it was originally shipped to Zambia in the middle of Africa - someone on the copper mines must have gotten a big bonus in December '61 & plunked it down on a Graphite Grey Spider & they dispatched what was in the stock yard at the time

Similarly another friend out here has a '61 Sprint Normale in US Spec, I have a '57 Sprint Normale sold new in South Africa in November '57 with metric gauges even though SA was an Imperial country at that time - again they dispatched the first light grey Sprint that was available & it just happened to be a Home spec model

Fun & games stuff --. The only 'Constant' with Alfa was change

Ciao
Greig

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Last edited by AlfistiSA; 07-19-2019 at 12:46 PM. Reason: Spelling & adding the headlight info - Thanx Joe
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